Dinner with a Book: Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover

AllendeOpen Book is pleased to announce a new Dinner with a Book event on Thursday, November 12th. We will dine at The Rose Tattoo Café and discuss the new book by Isabel Allende, The Japanese Lover. After dinner we will attend a reading by Ms. Allende at the nearby main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.japanese lover

Dinner, discussion, and tickets to the library reading are included in the cost of the event.

Sign up soon: only ten slots are available!

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DATE: Thursday, November 12th

TIME: 5:30pm to 9pm

Dinner at 5:30pm, The Rose Tattoo Café
Provide your own transportation to the restaurant. Street parking available.
Author Reading by Isabel Allende: 7: 30pm (Details HERE)

COST: $65
(Cost includes book discussion, three-course meal with tax and gratuity, and a reserved ticket to the library event.)

Copies of The Japanese Lover are available for sale from open book at a discount for event attendees. Choose the “Dinner/Reading +  Book” option when you make your payment to reserve a copy of the book.

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

Open Book is a long running program of book discussion classes and author events led by book publishing professional Lynn Rosen. Lynn is an editor and former literary agent, and has taught literature, writing, and publishing at several area universities. She is a published author and now the proprietor of the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, PA.

Click here to register.

Questions: 267-627-4888 or lynn@openbookphilly.com

Author: Lynn Rosen

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